Aiden Blaire, also known as Photonik, is an active member of the New Mutants team based in Brookview, NJ. His parents are Dazzler and Longshot.
Aiden is the eldest of Longshot and Dazzler's children. He was born on one of the most auspicious days in Japan in an old, lost-in-history castle. His birth was attended by Dr. Moira MacTaggert brought in from Scotland (via the Crab Nebula) by Lila Cheney. Aiden grew up surrounded by a mostly female clan of ninja who worked to oppose the machinations of the Hand. Despite the dangerous work of the people around him, the young Mojoworlder had a safe and sheltered childhood in Nagano. When his powers manifested, it took awhile for them to be noticed mostly because his twin sister's own manifestation of her mutant powers was more eye-catching. Aiden and his twin were signed up to attend Xavier's shortly after. During the period between manifestation and before he went to Xavier's, Aiden was dismissed from Japan's Junior National Gymnastics team due to being a mutant.
During his third year of attendance at Xavier's, Aiden began ranging out with the younger members of the X-Men and participated in a rescue mission against the Mutant Liberation Front. Following that successful mission, The Hand set into motion a plan to strike against Aiden's parents for their involvement in the fights against the Hand in previous years. The scheme started with Aiden's kidnapping and forcing of Hana and Mikhail "Misha" Loganovich Romanov to attempt a rescue on terms set by the captors. All three were allowed to escape and survive, although all three suffered differing amounts of injury. Aiden, however, came away from this first encounter with the most injuries from being beaten intensely for hours. The Hand would return for a second strike against the twins, taking Hana right off the grounds of the X-Mansion. She was kept prisoner for three agonizing days with no demands being sent or contact with her brother. Her unheralded return to the front gates of the mansion revealed the extent of the physical injuries. Also among her wounds, Aiden found out she did not remember who she was or the identity of anyone else around her. Slowly, her memories returned, and Aiden ceased his bedside vigil to give her some space.
While under house arrest while his father tried to hunt down the Hand, Aiden met Angela "Angel" Wagner after she had returned to the mansion. He found her gymnastics fascinating, and she found him darn cute. As they talked and showed off their tumbling, Aiden figured out and succeeded in making someone invisible along with himself. In celebration, they shared their first kiss. Then their second as Angel teleported them both to her bedroom. Before things got too far, Aiden managed to listen to the nagging voice in his head and ask Angel out on a date. They sealed the deal with their third kiss.
With a need to prove himself after an incident of being manipulated by a high-powered mutant, Aiden tried to get a more active role in the hunt for the Hand. Instead, he managed to get into a big argument with his father. Rather than wait around the mansion, Aiden went looking for his girlfriend. He initially just wanted to talk but found he couldn't refuse her offer of helping him escape the mansion. So the pair of mutants ran into Salem Center to take the bus to New York. Once in New York, they had their first date and put their virginity in peril. The final showdown with the Hand came after Misha had been kidnapped. Aiden and Angel eventually made their way to where the Silver Samurai was torturing his captive. Aiden managed to save Misha from being beheaded by challenging the samurai to one on one combat while Angel teleported Misha out of danger. Despite his skills, Aiden was not as accomplished of a swordsman as the Silver Samurai and ended up impaled on the samurai's sword. The young Mojoworlder managed to survive the encounter with another stay in the medical facilities at Xavier's.
Shortly after his release from the med lab, Angel showed Aiden what those 'four things' she had promised him were.
Less than a week later, Aiden found himself playing the part of Robin Hood in a fairy tale constructed by a powerful little girl. He realized it was disconcerting to have more staff training than his Little John, the bows to not be of Japanese make, Friar Tuck to be female, and Evil McTighties to be one of his Merry Men. He managed to work his way through the tale, only to have it reboot when he would not rescue Maid Marion because it wasn't Angel. Though he and his band of Dysfunctional Men managed to complete the tale and get sent back to their proper reality.
Two months later, evil dopplegangers from another reality arrived on the grounds of Xavier's. After initial confusion and attacks by evil versions of Sara Summers and his twin sister, Aiden was sent out as a distraction. He was supposed to lead the evil Hana back, but her control of the shadows and viciousness sent those plans off track. Instead, he lead the evil twin out onto the grounds to keep her away from Valeria trying to get the generators on. Aiden only managed to survive the encounter with his evil sister due to his own evil double succeeding in finally killing his twin. Yet again, the wounds Aiden sustained during the encounter put him back into Xavier's medical facilities.
Not long after the evil doubles visit, Xavier's was invaded by small, evil creatures. The creatures looked much like faeries of lore but tended to be the ones of darker incarnations. He was nearly drowned in the lake during one incident. He got stabbed by shadow swords wielded by shadow generals as he helped Valeria Richards, Hana, and Molly Hayes face off against the dark faerie queen.
Aiden managed two months of relative non-injury and calm, outside of having one of his good friends kidnapped by Apocalypse and turned into a Horseman. He went home to Japan for Christmas break, taking Angel with him. On the plane ride back to New York, Aiden was kidnapped by Spiral and taken to Mojoworld. On Mojoworld, he found himself the prisoner of Mojo III, an unnoted Spineless One in the annals of Mojoworld history until Aiden's capture. Aiden was tortured and forced to appear in Mojoworld productions that were beamed to Earth for everyone to watch. The young Mojoworlder was eventually rescued by a group of X-Men picked for the best ratings. During the rescue, Aiden and Sara Summers ended up naked in bed together to help finish off the end of the spy movie he was in. On transport back to Xavier's, the substance Spiral had used to mend Aiden's numerous wounds received while filming and being tortured melted.
The torture he went through and knowledge gained of what went on after his capture rocked Aiden's world. Where all the other large incidents of his life he could bounce from, Aiden found that the events around his Mojoworld capture and rescue too painful. He tried to work with Professor Xavier and Miss Rachel Grey to undo what mental programming had been forced onto him. However, his treatment went only half-finished because some of what had been used against Aiden held truths he had not wanted to deal with. He slowly worked to sublimate the feelings so he would have no more harsh encounters with his parents and twin sister. It was at this point he started to form an invaluable close friendship with Sara Summers and Valeria Richards.
A couple months after his return to Earth, Aiden learned of and met a dimensional half-sibling. He tried to be as welcoming to Josephine Blaire-Bennet as he could even with his mangled feelings about family. After the dinner with his new sister, Aiden went to lunch with his estranged twin sister. Some of the problems between them were resolved, but during the course of lunch, a trip back to Xavier's, and another to the med lab, it was learned that Spiral had mystically put in more programming to get him estranged from his family.
Aiden then managed to make it to graduation without ending up in the medical facilities. When faced with the prospect of living without Angel around, Aiden scrambled and planted the seed of the idea of four of the New Jersey college bound graduates living together and forming their own team. Aiden, Angel, Valeria, and Sara found an abandoned power plant and began working on getting it converted into a base for the New Mutants. They spent all summer working on it. Once the base was mostly ready, college began. Aiden found being alone in the base with just a studious and growing AI slightly boring. As Zip had other lessons than one's provided by the Mojoworlder, Aiden went looking for something he could do that did not require a lot of schooling. He found a flier for bartending and managed to complete the courses with high marks.
The New Mutants found out Mojo III still had an interest in Aiden. A team of individuals was sent to face the New Mutants. M.A.D.C.A.P. eventually lost to the New Mutants, but the Mojoworlders managed to get more cameras into the base to help with the 'Earth reality' program Mojo III is taping. Two months after the run-in with MADCAP and the destruction of Aiden's kitchen in the base, the Mojoworlder returned home to unexpectedly find Rowen Haneul in the kitchen, going through his spice rack. After a scuffle where Aiden emerged victorious and still conscious, it was learned Rowen was trying to draw out Misha by attacking Aiden. The New Mutants decided to send Rowen to Xavier's for bad behavior and poor planning.
After a period of relative quiet, Aiden went to Xavier's to visit his younger brother Percy who was now a student there. While there he learned that a friend he had made before graduating, Tegan Parrington, had died and her body taken over by another person. This event started a small cycle of events leading to feelings of loss and confusion. Unaware of the dark path in front of him, Aiden continued to do his day-to-day living and happened across an aunt her never knew existed, Lois London. He struck up a relationship with her as he was still sorting out his fragmented feelings from the events around his kidnapping to Mojoworld. As he got to know his Aunt Lois, he also started to get a band together. After a little time, the band had its first gig. While the gig was successful and got the band an audition for a talent scout, the band decided to fire Aiden because of the mutant appearance of his girlfriend. This left Aiden despondent and questioning most everything about his life. Angel called his mother to try to get some advice and help; she also told Dazzler about Lois London meeting regularly with Aiden. Dazzler went to New Jersey for awhile to keep an eye on her eldest son and to try to protect from what she felt were the evil influences of her half-sister.
To try to keep himself from sinking further into despair, Aiden made big plans for his second anniversary with Angel. At Davidson Mill Pond Park, Aiden got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. She said yes.
Despite his mother's warnings, Aiden continued contact with his Aunt Lois. While he was out to dinner with her, he spotted one of the members of MADCAP just outside the sushi restaurant. Once outside of the restaurant, Aiden and Primetime got into a fight. Primetime managed to unbalance Aiden's emotions and get the upper hand. Aiden was left severely beaten and bleeding in the back alley. His aunt had him transported to a nearby hospital; his mother had him moved from the hospital to the med lab at Xavier's. At Xavier's he was healed by Elixir back to full health. However, his own emotional issues bled out and caused friction with his fiancée, his parents, and his twin.
Back into regular life with the New Mutants, Aiden went to Hawaii with his teammates when Sara Summers won a vacation there. He was on hand to help deal with the giant alien that rampaged through Honolulu.
Aiden has inherited some of his mother's ability to manipulate light, but his abilities are more limited than hers. More specifically, he cannot produce lasers or other phenomena that are not directly connected to his person. Once produced light is not in contact with his person, it dissipates. He does not need sound to feed his powers, however. Two special applications of his powers are the ones he uses most frequently: Aiden is able to bend light around himself to make himself invisible to the eye and he is also able to make weapons out of hardened light that he can wield like the actual weapons they are shaped after. He has refined his hardened light abilities so he can use more than a sword. He is also able to form defensive measures like shields around his body, but those shields come at a loss of creating weapons in hand at the time. It has also been noticed that Aiden is not affected by brightness of light or strobing effects.
Aiden can produce small, realistic holograms in the palms of his hands, like of a tiny palm tree swaying in the wind. However, his power limitations do not allow him to produce them at any distance.
He also inherited his father's unnatural agility and has refined it with his gymnastics training. So he can do feats more by skill than luck. Aiden, however, does not possess his father's light-boned body and cannot quite jump as high in comparison.
A very low-level healing factor is part of his genetic make-up as being part Mojoworlder. It is not near Wolverine levels, but it can have him ready for being back in front of the cameras within a couple weeks after a serious injury.
Recently, Aiden has been experiencing uncontrollable moments of pure chance.